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Pretty good learning experience

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft part-time (less than an year)

Pros

Very diverse work and learned quite a lot.

Cons

Big org and too many operation stuff.

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none

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Neutral Outlook
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    Where a great manager makes a difference

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great manager means great opportunities to excel in your career. Great health, tech perks as well.

    Cons

    Things are much more difficult without a great manager. Sales environment is a competitive one and most managers weren't willing to do what it takes to keep good people

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    Recognize that not all managers are created equal and share with employees how they can progress

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Love it or hate it. Not much in between.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For type A personalities that can handle the politics, you can make a very good living. The benefits are amazing. The Redmond campus is is very nice place to work. Your experience will depend greatly on the group your wind up in. For those fortunate enough to hook up with a good group, and get a good manager, MS is a great place to work.

    The company's core businesses, Windows and Office, still provide a near guaranteed flow of profit. There is no worry about the company hurting for cash anytime soon.

    If the offer is from the right group, and you can handle the politics, then I recommend giving Microsoft a try.

    Cons

    On the other hand, if you get a bad manager, or wind up in a position that is a poor fit, your career at Microsoft will end swiftly even if you have a long history of strong performance. Every year, 20% of employees are given poor rankings (forced distribution), effectively ending their career at Microsoft. The forced stank rank distribution ensures that half off all new hires are gone within 5 years, and will not vest the majority of their stock awards. Discount the value of your job offer accordingly.

    Microsoft is a giant company, and it's nearly impossible to be more than a small cog of the machine. If you're looking to be a force for change, look elsewhere. If you try to change the company from the inside, you're more than likely going to make enough enemies to end your career.

    Although the company is still a top employer, many of the very best programers go to Facebook or Google if they can.

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    The company hasn't achieved anything in the past decade, management needs to be changed at the top. If the company didn't have such vast retained earnings, change would have been forced may years ago.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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